Why Nothing’s Like Playing Mas at Caribana

Summer Festival Road Trip: The annual Toronto carnival's worth a visit, whether you're in costume or not.

Caribana 2011 (Parand Eshraghi/CaribanaToronto.com)

The festival welcomes everyone from North America to Europe and even Africa, bringing together all of the cultures who helped shape the Caribbean — though this time, not under the iron fist of colonialism, but under the welcoming smiles and open arms of celebration. That reason alone is enough to go, give it a chance and, as one popular soca song urges, get on bad.

Click here for The Root’s ultimate summer festival guide, and find out where to eat, sleep and party while you’re attending some of the season’s hottest events.

Lisa Fraser is an award-winning multimedia journalist and storyteller who resides in New York City.

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